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Batman: Hush (New Edition) Paperback – Illustrated, September 17, 2019
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About the Author
Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment. Prior to his current post, Lee served as Editorial Director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios. Lee was also the artist for many of DC Comics' best-selling comic books and graphic novels, including All-Star Batman And Robin, The Boy Wonder, Batman: Hush and Superman: For Tomorrow. He also served as the Executive Creative Director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). With writer Geoff Johns, Lee drew the flagship title of DC Comics—The New 52, Justice League.
- Item Weight : 1.41 pounds
- Paperback : 376 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401297242
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401297244
- Product Dimensions : 6.66 x 0.51 x 10.18 inches
- Publisher : DC Comics; Illustrated Edition (September 17, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Very highly recommended!
The artwork is great, though I, personally, am not the greatest fan of the "modern" look in comics these days, where most colors are added in digitally, giving the whole page a very "shiny, pristine" appearance. That's just personal taste, however. Jim Lee's drawings stand out better than Jeph Loeb's writing here, to be blunt.
Not as good as The Long Halloween, Loeb's other, more famous Batman story, but even that kind of had a "shrug-it-off-and-accept-it-as-good" set of final panels. Personally, I don't think too highly on this one. A better Batman mystery to check out might be The Court of Owls saga.
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The story for Hush in a nutshell is that Batman is investigating a kidnapping which involves Killer Croc, Batman digs deeper since it isn't typical Croc only to find this is only a part of something much bigger. The story is full of surprises and a decent cast of characters some of which were a surprise to me. A nice bonus is we see Batman and Catwoman maintain a relationship throughout the arc which adds another element to the story on top of more inner monologue from Batman showing how he feels through the the story. Overall an incredible story and very understandable why is highly ranked as one of the most popular Batman comics, and I'm starting to think Jeph Loeb was born to write Batman comics.
Coming from The Long Halloween and Dark Victory the biggest noticeable difference is the penciling and colours, in previous works it was about darker colours and more shadows giving a darker and moody tone without too much detail into the art whereas here the amount of detail and Color is truly superb and adds to this story immensely and alone is worth the asking value.
I can't praise Hush enough, it offers a lot to readers, is a well written and contained story with phenomenal artwork and colors. So if you are on the fence about purchasing Hush, don't be, save yourself the worry and immerse yourself into this tale delivered to you by masters of their craft.
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I decided it was well overdue to re-read one of the most popular Batman comics of all time, I thought it would be a good idea to a few of my thoughts after having more experience reading comics and having read it again. The first thing I would like to say is that despite this in my opinion being an easy and approachable comic for new batman fan I would highly recommend reading Batman The Long Halloween and Batman Dark Victory from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, since this takes place after the two stories I mentioned I feel it's important to know the history and chemistry between Batman/Bruce and Catwoman/Selina from Loeb's vision and it makes it all the more satisfying seeing them together having seen the previous interactions and adds to the story immensely, plus The Long Halloween and Dark Victory are absolute classics that ANY and every Batman fan should have in their collection even if it's barebones minimum. On top of read TLH and DV I would recommend reading Jim Starlin's A Death in The Family, it does play a part in the story and would benefit readers just as well as TLH and DV. I still think this is a great story but offers different things, I still love Hush but I think TLH and DV are my favourite Batman comics but that doesn't mean Hush should be passed up, where Loeb's previous writings have been dark with a moody Batman tone here we have a conflicted Bruce dealing with his new relationship with Selina as well as the story spanning over more than just Gotham "hint hint" and with these inclusions could be favoured more by fans although I personally still think The Long Halloween and Dark Victory are the very best you can read Batman wise.
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That said, Hush is, in many ways, a very good introduction point for new readers. It establishes so much of Batman's character, history and rogue's gallery that it's a great catch up for those uninterested in reading the (admitedly, often dated) Batman stories from the 90s. There is a lot going on across this book and I think that is why it is regarded so well and also part of why I don't view it as positively.
I would recommend reading the Long Halloween before reading Hush, because I think it covers a lot of similar ground in a much more effective way, but Hush is worth your time, even if I don't think it is anything close to the definitive Batman story.